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DEVELOPMENT NEWS In the past 24 years


9 billion doses


of oral polio vaccine have been given to children in Africa


Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


Every year, an average of


volunteers vaccinate children against polio in Africa


2 million


A HEALTHCARE MILESTONE FOR AFRICA


"T


"The eradication of wild poliovirus in Africa is a miles achie ement for the continent and indeed humanity as a whole,” sa Regional Dir


adication o


achievement for t a whole


Dr


Regional Director,, West and Central Africa. “T extraordinary and highly commendable eff by African countri coordination and technology and v


dinary and


frican countries, effective long-term int dination, and critical adv,


says Dr Mahmoud Khene, the OPEC Fund’ rica. “The


ancements in health


echnology and vaccination research, all led t led to preventing an esti from crip


from crippling life-long paralysis, and the sa of 180,,000 lives000 lives, as estimated by the W Health Organiza


Health Organization. We remain, however a entiv


the circulation of vaccine-derived poliovir West an


attentive and concerned about the circ


poliovirus, particularly in We t and Central Africa."


31 ed


enting an estimated 1.8 million African childr ppling l


efforts exerted m international s in health


an children the saving World ver,


AFRICA against polio in


Africa


frica is a milestone eed humanity as OPEC Fund’s


PHOTO: AKOWP


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